i had visited the taj mahal when i was 11 and remembered it as a tall and pretty monument. but, as the years passed, i always wondered whether it was really that gorgeous or was it just the hype around it? when i pushed for a visit, i was worried in one quiet corner of my head… worried that my husband wouldn’t really think it … Continue reading taj mahal bathed in moonlight! or was it?
mazgaon lies hidden, tucked away… the new eastern freeway that runs right over it on a tall, thick pillars alienating itself from the people below. almost reminding me the movie cars, when a new highway bypasses a town… mazgaon has been forgotten for a long time. we seem to want to live and be present in the latest hip and happening suburb, forgetting the past … Continue reading weekly photography challenge: the masterpiece is mazgaon
This is a new series where travellers who’ve taken the unpaved road talk about their experiences, trysts and their life. Welcome to merrytoTALK. Hope to bring together a bunch of people who inspire me with their wandering lives 🙂 The first person to meet is SUPRIYA SEHGAL! I was first introduced to her as a friend’s friend in Bangalore, and then found myself hoping she would give … Continue reading Supriya Sehgal is merrytoTALK
when have you stayed in a place for just 2 nights and actually hoped that they served you the same food for dinner on both nights? i did! what got me weak in the mouth? good ol’ pumpkin soup… yes, thats all! let me explain. in south indian homes, we have our rasams. they are gloriously warm in colour, spicy and sour at one go, … Continue reading ‘parangikkai’ or pumpkin soup shines through from chettinad
these are ten good-to-know things before you make that trip to purushwadi, maharashtra where valleys twinkle with the little flashers aka lightning bugs aka fireflies… and some of them are things i didn’t know before i went there.. hope they are helpful! 1. there are more than 2000 species and each has a unique flashing pattern 2. they are alive for only 2 months of … Continue reading 10 things to know before meeting fireflies at purushwadi, maharashtra
a beautiful, stone church, the largest synagogue in asia, a 100-yr old christian settlement and a restored palladian style museum… 6 hours of walking around by’KH’ulla & ma’Z’gaon two areas in south mumbai… or ‘bombay’ as the taxi drivers would say. as that is bombay, the rest of us, live outside ‘bombay’! explanations, thoughts, musings and pictures coming up… right now, am too tired to do … Continue reading meandering in by’KH’ulla and ma’Z’gaon – mumbai
twinkling bums… that is what they are right? the twinkling back-sides of fireflies. imagine fireflies on the road as you walk by, fireflies on the bushes and trees, fireflies crisscrossing… and imagine a firefly on your hand, twinkling along your palm… that’s what happened at purushwadi, off the mumbai-nasik highway. but wait, let me start at the beginning. day 1 at purushwadi… we reached purushwadi in the … Continue reading meeting the twinkling bums: fireflies at purushwadi
just read a brilliant article by nelson roberto… you can read it at “why you should support (share) your friend’s work”. there is a lot of sense in what he says, “I noticed something recently. People, for the most part, don’t share their friends’ “work.” By work I don’t mean 9-to-5 day job type stuff, I mean their passion projects. I feel like most people … Continue reading yes, we should support our friend’s work, why don’t we?
as bombay begins to get warm again, i dream about the himalayas, which means the abode of snow (from hima “snow”, and ālaya “abode”)… when i was there december, i woke up early morning, shivered my way out of the room hoping to catch the first rays of the sun light up the snow-capped range in front of me… there was little sun but more clouds. so i shifted … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: golden hour
the indian railways has been a recurring theme of my life. i grew up in mumbai & then pune, both of which are around 1300 kms away from my parents’ native city of chennai. when summer creeped up on us we would all head down to chennai, then madras. 20 years ago, this was a long, exhausting 24 – 30 hour train journey and my … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: nostalgic